Some of my most vivid memories from my childhood are learning to draw and paint from my grandfather. A talented painter and designer, he owned his own advertising agency, where he headed all of the creative work. He introduced me to the world of art. He took me to museums, we looked at his own work and he helped me create my own. As I got older, I realized that I was pretty good at drawing. It became something that I was very passionate about. Whether I worked on poster on the Civil War for history class or a painting for my art class, I put my greatest effort into making sure the design of the project was perfect. When my grandfather passed away, I was devastated and began to draw even more. From then on, I knew that I wanted to be like him and pursue a career in the arts. When it was time to apply to colleges, I gave a lot of thought into my major. After weighing all the options, I felt confident with my decision to major in graphic design. I believe that the opportunities are endless with design. It allows me to combine my love of photography, illustration, and painting. There is no better feeling than producing a piece of work, that after countless hours of effort, you are very proud of. Design allows me to convey my thoughts and feelings to others, which is an incredible thing. I feel as though design has the potential to open up many doors in my life, and I am excited to see where it leads me. I hope that at the end of this class, when I look at my work from before the semester vs the end of it, I see improvement. I would specifically like to improve upon my public speaking, experiment with photography and enhance my use of fonts.